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High School vs. College: A Comparison of What to Expect Part IV: Grades and Testing
High SchoolCollege Grades are given for most, if not all, assigned work. Professors may assign work and expect it to be completed but never collect or grade it.
High SchoolCollege Homework, quizzes, projects, and extra credit often raise a student’s overall grade when test grades are low because many assignments are averaged into the final grade. Test grades usually carry a great amount of weight in the final grade. Homework may be ungraded and extra credit is rarely available. Tests or papers are often the only grades students get in a class.
High SchoolCollege Teachers inform students when they are doing poorly and often provide opportunities to catch up. Professors expect students to keep up with their own grades.
High SchoolCollege Effort often counts, and students who put forth good effort may get a higher grade even if their performance does not meet the teacher’s standards. Putting forth good effort is important in regard to the professor’s willingness to help a student achieve a better grade, but effort will not substitute for performance in the grading process.
High SchoolCollege Report cards and progress reports are sent home to inform parents or guardians of a student’s grades. The university will not inform parents of grades.
High SchoolCollege Teachers will usually try to help students in many ways to keep their grades up. Students with poor grades must seek help from the professor and other resources. Students can be put on academic probation for poor grades.
High SchoolCollege Students can graduate as long as they have passed all required courses with a grade of D or higher. Students can graduate only if their grade point average meets the departmental standard (usually a 2.0 or C).
High SchoolCollege Tests are usually frequent and cover small amounts of material. Tests are generally infrequent and cover large amounts of material. A course might only have 2 or 3 tests in a semester. Tests may also be cumulative, meaning that students are asked about material from the entire semester (even if it has already been addressed on an earlier test).
High SchoolCollege Teachers tell students when a test is coming up and remind them frequently. Professors put test dates on the syllabus and may never mention it again until the day of the test.
High SchoolCollege Teachers almost always tell students what they need to study for the test and often conduct review sessions to point out the most important material. Professors may or may not give students a study guide and will probably not tell them exactly what to study. If a professor offers a review opportunity, students are expected to come prepared with questions.
High SchoolCollege Teachers often rearrange test dates to avoid conflicts with school events or tests in other classes. Professors usually schedule tests and assignments without regard to the demands of other courses or outside activities and are unlikely to reschedule a test date due to a student conflict.
High SchoolCollege Makeup tests are often available. Makeup tests are not usually given. If they are, the student needs to request them.
High SchoolCollege A low grade on the first test may not have a significant impact on the student’s final grade. A low grade on the first test may substantially impact a student’s final grade. Performing well on the first test may be very important to succeeding in the class.
High SchoolCollege Students are often expected to reproduce what they were taught in the same way it was presented to them. When taking a test, students must usually solve the same kinds of problems they were shown how to solve. Students are often expected to apply what they have learned to new situations or to solve new kinds of problems when taking a test.
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